Category Archives: Links and Thinks

Links and Thinks 2012-12-10

1) Aussie prime minister has a sense of humor – and takes a jab at kpop.

2) Lovely images of the earth at night.

3) Every bomb that was dropped during the London Blitz. (hat tip: Crooked Timber)

4) The Norwegian princess is a mensch (but, I have to ask, was adoption not an option?).

5) Janine Jansen plays Rondo. Serial killer stare, a football player’s shoulders, awkward body movements. But very sexy.

6) Fascinating article on the impact of the First World War on the English language. (hat tip: Wet Casements)

7) More on “subcompact publishing” by Craig Mod. Interesting point also made here.

 

 

Links and Thinks 2011-12-03

1) Why did such a high percentage of rural voters prefer Romney over Obama? Hmmm… might not want to think too hard about that one…

2) Boehner: Obama needs to stop acting like he won the election. Remind me to put Borowitz in my RSS feed.

2) Anti-Kim Kardashian protest in Bahrain. Juan Cole is not happy.

2) The reality of living in Japan. It’s kind of boring and normal, and outside of the big cities, rather technologically backward. I’m not sure why this should surprise anyone. Japan is a country of old people. Last year, the sale of adult diapers exceeded the sale of baby diapers. Old people are conservative, and they don’t like technology. At least the ones I know…

3) Visual effects in the latest Bond movie. I saw Skyfall a couple of weeks ago. Like most people, I thought it better than Quantum… and not as good as Casino Royale. Much of Skyfall – it seemed to me – was about putting the pieces in place for the next run of movies. But I liked that it was very much rooted in England (and Scotland). I was also happy they brought out the old Aston Martin.

4) Speaking of Britain, why is there a naked man sitting on a statue in front of Whitehall?

5) “Nail houses” in China. And now its gone

6) As a fan of 5by5.tv podcasts, I was sad to hear that both Build and Analyze, and Hypercritical are going away. I thought Marco Arment‘s show provided a lot of useful advice – not only to software developers, but also (inadvertently) to people looking to self-publish their books (on the iPad, Kindle etc). John Siracusa’s show was impeccably critical, fastidious and yet, surprisingly generous. I especially recommend the Hypercritical episode on Wikipedia, and the extended review of Scorsese’s Goodfellas. Kieran Healy bids Hypercritical an appropriate farewell. I must also admit that Dan Benjamin’s observations about Korea are, not only cringe-worthy, but enough to drive a person to soju…

7) Drug lords and other capitalists.

Links and Thinks 2012-11-29

1) Scott Sumner looks at Singapore: “It seems that Singapore is a place where the poor and rich do really well, but the middle class only so-so.”

2) 72 year old man models teen-girl clothes. Apparently he has nice legs.

3) The worst of Black Friday Shopping Mayhem. I went once a few years ago. Never again.

4) Ahn Cheol-soo drops out of the Korean presidential race. He may be an impressive guy, but I always thought he was a little too pristine for the bare-knuckled slamfest that is Korean politics. Anyway, looks like the specter of 1987 still hangs upon the Seoul skyline.

5) Speaking of South Korean politics, Ask a Korean has nice profiles of all three candidates (or rather, two candidates and one ex-candidate): Moon Jae-in, Park Geun-hye and Ahn Cheol-soo; as well as the road ahead.

6) I wasn’t all that interested in the David Petraeus scandal, although I found this pretty funny, and I thought Dan Drezner has some interesting insights from an academic’s point of view into the mindset of Paula Broadwell. It was only when I was skimming through an article about Jill Kelley when I had that “WTF!” moment. And if you thought honorary consuls were all about, like, stamping visas into passports and stuff, here she is trying to parlay it into 80 smacks.

7) Book vending machines. It’s like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.

8) Coffee as impediment to Korean reunification, or should we say, Cultural Learnings of South Korea to make glorious nation of North Korea.

9) Fox News anchors making stupid, callous or misleading statements (this might become a regular segment on this blog).

10) There are legitimate criticisms to be made of the Obama administration on issues economic.

11) Paul Krugman/James Bond Films.